Come Race #1 that afternoon, Manuell stormed ahead of the pack. By lap 2, Manuell was stretching his lead, but nothing could separate positions 2 to 5 as the Dias/Rudd/Ward/Gibson show hit the road. Lap after lap, they traded blows but not places.
The reverse-grid Race #2 on Sunday morning, a strong contingent of RYCO 24•7 staff and customers looked on at such intensity and rivalry between the drivers.
With Manuell now holding an unassailable championship lead, Race #3 late in the afternoon would decide the remaining places. The intensity showed right from the start as Manuell, Rudd, and Dias ran three-wide around turn 1, Manuell eventually getting his nose in front.
Come to the final lap, he carried a huge lead through to the chequered flag; such was the dominance of Manuell, to become a second-time winner of the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes championship. As the curtain came down on his V8 utes career, RYCO 24•7 Operations Supervisor, New Zealand – Caroline Thompson presented Manuell with his trophy at the evening’s prize giving.
Manuell leaves the V8 Utes category in a strong position, clearing the way for a new champion to emerge as the new season begins in late 2021.
The RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes Championship leader board:
|1st||Paul Manuell||HOLDEN||408 points|
|2nd||Peter Ward||HOLDEN||316 points|
|3rd||Shane Dias||HOLDEN||315 points|
|4th||Simon Ussher F||FORD||249 points|
|5TH||Stuart Monteith||HOLDEN||204 points|
|6th||Greg Kroef||FORD||203 points|
|7th||Paul Fougere||HOLDEN||198 points|
|8th||Phil Ross||HOLDEN||192 points|
|9th||Brett Rudd||FORD||165 points|
|10th||Brad Kroef||FORD||102 points|
|11th||Matt Spratt||FORD||101 points|
|12th||Jake Stoneman||FORD||84 points|
|13th||Jeff Kernohan||FORD||67 points|
|14th||Matt Gibson||HOLDEN||57 points|
|15th||Shaggy Lowe||FORD||51 points|
|16th||Dave Kernohan||FORD||34 points|
|17th||Liam Porter||FORD||30 points|
RYCO 24•7 has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.
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